The Bike handle should make it easier to lift your bicycle up and down the stairs. Hopefully this video will make it easier for you to install it.
The most important thing to consider when installing your bike handle, is the positioning. When you pull on it to lift your bike, it shouldn't be putting any pressure on and critical components, like cables or gear shifters. Normally you can slide the handle underneath the cables so it doesn't tug. If you have a gear shifter on the vertical tube of your frame, you'll want to position the handle above it. Once you've got it all in position, be sure to tighten it as much as you can. The fasteners are solid brass, so they should lock tightly into each other. Additionally, you can always use lock-tight or nail polish to lock it down more permanently.
The Bicycle Handle is made of vegetable tanned leather. You'll be happy to know, we source this leather from a tannery that has a gold star certification for the environmental friendliness of the their process. As you may or may not no, chromium tanned leather uses harsh chemicals and tons of water. Vegetable tanned leather is tanned using vegetable oils instead, so there are no harsh chemicals and they use 5 times less water in the tanning process.
The leather will be able to withstand a lot of rain, just like you. You may find the it gets dry if it's getting a lot of sun. If so, you can always add mink oil to keep it hydrated. It's best to use mink oil that does not have dubbin in it. Dubbin seals the pores and prevents the leather from breathing.
Enjoy & ride safe.
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Bike touring is different than other types of travelling in that you don't really know how far you're going to get every day. This can make planning accommodations difficult and stressful, but it doesn't need to be.
In this post, I share some of the techniques I use to find accommodation on the fly so you can enjoy the ride and not stress about where to rest your head that night.
The main problem here is that entry level index shifters usually have cables right where you'd want to be putting your handlebar bag.
This hack, lets you get the cables out of the way and keep them protected without having to upgrade your shifters.
Stay tuned for more free-cycling adventures & inventions.